CAL defends hiring practices
The Chairman and Board of Directors of Caribbean Airlines Limited is defending the company's hiring practices.
In response to allegations made at the Joint Select Committee on State Enterprises on Tuesday regarding a lack of background checks on new hires, CAL said it adheres to a rigorous system of checks and balances and all staff are subject to security checks before being hired.
The company said the nature and conduct of the security check policy are administered by the Security department in Operations and Human Resources will liaise with Security to ensure that due process has been followed.
In a statement, the company said: "The airline industry is highly regulated, and as a proud and long-standing member of the International Air Transport Association – IATA, and also as a recognised IATA Operational Safety Audit qualified airline and a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved repair station, Caribbean Airlines adheres to a rigorous system of checks and balances, and has complied with its own internal policy on security checks which reads as follows: “The airline industry poses high-security risks arising out of both narcotics trafficking and terrorist activity."
CAL stressed that security checks are carried out as per the company’s normal employment requirements, including but not limited to reference checks and certificate verification.
"In addition, the company also requires police verified certificates of good character and applies other internal and external security checks. More intensive security checks are only conducted for support staff who are required to access the airport, aircraft or airside facilities or as other regulations may require. Further security checks are also done for pilots and flight
attendants to meet FAA and other Airport regulations. Successfully completing required security checks is a condition of the Caribbean Airlines’ employment agreement.," the statement said.
CAL said staff who do not require airport or airside access in the course of their duties go through the normal employment vetting process and the aforementioned policies continue to be applied in the course of the airline’s operations.
Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that the airline is committed to meeting and maintaining high standards of safety and security